ISLAMABAD – At least 15 people have been killed in floods in Karachi in southern Pakistan where heavy rains have been causing havoc over the past two days, an official source told EFE.
Director General of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority Sindh, Salman Shah, said a majority of the victims died from electrocution, while others were killed in wall collapses and drowning.
“The low areas in the city are flooded. We are using pumps to take the water out. If it does not rain much today, maybe we will be able to take out the water in these areas,” said Shah.
Pakistan has deployed its army and the navy to help with relief and rescue operations in the city.
Television visuals showed urban areas completely flooded, with houses and vehicles under water.
The flood has largely paralyzed commercial and industrial activities in the country.
“Eighty per cent units in the area remained closed while the rest faced 50pc drop in attendance,” President of Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE) – the main industrial area in the west of the city – Asad Nisar Barkhurdaria, told Pakistani newspaper Dawn.
Heavy monsoon rains in August have left some 1,000 dead and 20 millions affected in south Asia, mainly in India.
The worst floods in Pakistan’s history occurred in 2010, after an extraordinarily intense monsoon, which, combined with a massive summer thaw, left some 2,000 people dead and more than 20 million affected.